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Paralympic gold medalist lands in Memphis

Aaron Gouge (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5) Aaron Gouge (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
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Draped in gold and sporting the red, white, and blue, Aaron Gouge landed in Memphis an Olympic champion.

"It was great" Gouge said. "I could not have asked for anything more."

Gouge competed in the Paralympics in basketball. The team defeated Spain in the gold medal game. It brought the U.S. its first gold medal in basketball since 1988.

"I couldn't believe it. Our teammates were hugging," Gouge said.

Gouge started playing wheelchair basketball at age 11. He played in college, played two years in France, and now plays professionally for the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks. This was his first time competing in the Paralympics.

Watching every tense moment half a world away here in Memphis was his fiancée Amber Carrington.

"It's amazing when you see your soul mate achieve their dreams," Carrington said. "There's no words for it."

Carrington grew up in East Memphis. She's a nurse at St. Jude. After a month apart, she could not wait to see and hug her future husband. And try on that new piece of jewelry.

"It is half mine," Carrington joked.

The couple is now whole again after Gouge's Rio rendezvous.

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